Period
to 15 October 2018

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 6 months to 15 October 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are not representative of contractor rates within the Microsoft Corporation.

Microsoft
England > London
6 months to
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 12 12 12
Rank change year-on-year 0 0 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 4,567 4,162 4,377
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 9.90% 9.34% 9.85%
As % of the Vendors category 24.92% 22.80% 23.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,191 2,887 3,108
London median daily rate £450 £438 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +4.79% +4.38%
10th Percentile £175 £181 £200
90th Percentile £638 £625 £575
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 137 105 112
London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.70 £17.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +9.68% -1.73%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.88 £11.25
90th Percentile £32.62 £34.84 £33.50
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.50 £16.20
% change year-on-year +2.32% -4.32% +4.52%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in London.

All Vendors
London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 18,326 18,251 18,880
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 39.72% 40.95% 42.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,390 12,369 12,687
London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £263
90th Percentile £675 £650 £625
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 298 252 275
London median hourly rate £19.25 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.75% +14.29% -5.94%
10th Percentile £12.93 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £46.32 £47.83 £49.68
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year - +2.94% -2.86%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in London over the 6 months to 15 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft in London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in London over the 6 months to 15 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the London region over the 6 months to 15 October 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Central London -3 954 £435 +2.35% 427
West London +7 228 £375 +7.14% 212
East London +13 121 £400 +16.36% 72
South London -6 113 £422 +12.53% 41
North London +5 44 £300 -25.00% 28
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 15 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the London region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 1,501 (32.87%) Windows
2 1,264 (27.68%) Finance
3 1,207 (26.43%) Microsoft Azure
4 1,090 (23.87%) SQL
5 1,031 (22.57%) Active Directory
6 982 (21.50%) SQL Server
7 935 (20.47%) Agile Software Development
8 860 (18.83%) .NET
9 799 (17.50%) Microsoft Office
10 791 (17.32%) C#
11 782 (17.12%) Office 365
12 543 (11.89%) Windows 10
13 531 (11.63%) PowerShell
14 519 (11.36%) ITIL
15 512 (11.21%) VMware
16 508 (11.12%) Microsoft Excel
17 502 (10.99%) Banking
17 502 (10.99%) Problem-Solving
18 486 (10.64%) Migration
19 482 (10.55%) Business Intelligence
20 468 (10.25%) Windows Server
21 456 (9.98%) Windows 7
22 443 (9.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
23 404 (8.85%) Amazon AWS
23 404 (8.85%) SCCM
24 375 (8.21%) Analytical Skills
25 366 (8.01%) SharePoint
26 353 (7.73%) JavaScript
27 351 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
28 347 (7.60%) ASP.NET

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in London by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 366 (8.01%) SharePoint
2 318 (6.96%) MS Exchange
3 200 (4.38%) Skype for Business
4 170 (3.72%) IIS
5 126 (2.76%) Exchange Server 2010
6 81 (1.77%) Apache
7 62 (1.36%) Tomcat
8 57 (1.25%) NServiceBus
9 51 (1.12%) CMS
9 51 (1.12%) Confluence
10 49 (1.07%) Elasticsearch
11 45 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2013
12 44 (0.96%) WebSphere
13 40 (0.88%) Apache Spark
14 38 (0.83%) nginx
14 38 (0.83%) SharePoint 2013
15 28 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2007
16 27 (0.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
17 22 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
18 21 (0.46%) SAS
Applications
1 799 (17.50%) Microsoft Office
2 508 (11.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 249 (5.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 153 (3.35%) Microsoft Project
5 144 (3.15%) MS Visio
6 43 (0.94%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.26%) Photoshop
8 8 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 8 (0.18%) InfoPath
9 6 (0.13%) Acrobat
9 6 (0.13%) CINEMA 4D
10 5 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
11 4 (0.088%) Adobe After Effects
11 4 (0.088%) Adobe Illustrator
11 4 (0.088%) Adobe Premiere
11 4 (0.088%) Chatbot
11 4 (0.088%) InVision
12 2 (0.044%) AutoCAD
13 1 (0.022%) RoboHelp
13 1 (0.022%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 204 (4.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 128 (2.80%) Dynamics AX
3 47 (1.03%) Dynamics NAV
4 26 (0.57%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 16 (0.35%) NetSuite
5 16 (0.35%) Oracle Financials
6 15 (0.33%) Eikon
7 12 (0.26%) Markit EDM
8 10 (0.22%) Endur
9 9 (0.20%) SAP ERP
10 8 (0.18%) Oracle General Ledger
10 8 (0.18%) thinkFolio
11 7 (0.15%) Oracle Retail
12 6 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
12 6 (0.13%) Salesforce.com CRM
13 5 (0.11%) Elite 3E
13 5 (0.11%) SAP MM
14 4 (0.088%) Primavera
14 4 (0.088%) ReMetrica
14 4 (0.088%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 1,207 (26.43%) Microsoft Azure
2 782 (17.12%) Office 365
3 404 (8.85%) Amazon AWS
4 189 (4.14%) IaaS
5 177 (3.88%) Dynamics 365
6 171 (3.74%) PaaS
7 158 (3.46%) Azure Active Directory
8 146 (3.20%) SaaS
9 98 (2.15%) Cloud Computing
10 70 (1.53%) OneDrive
11 61 (1.34%) GitHub
12 56 (1.23%) Google Cloud Platform
13 48 (1.05%) Azure Data Factory
14 45 (0.99%) Serverless
15 35 (0.77%) AWS CloudFormation
16 33 (0.72%) Yammer
17 32 (0.70%) Mimecast
18 26 (0.57%) Azure Functions
19 20 (0.44%) Data Lake Analytics
20 17 (0.37%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 302 (6.61%) DNS
2 262 (5.74%) Firewall
3 210 (4.60%) DHCP
4 190 (4.16%) Skype
5 168 (3.68%) VPN
6 159 (3.48%) LAN
7 158 (3.46%) WAN
8 156 (3.42%) TCP/IP
9 99 (2.17%) Internet
10 79 (1.73%) Wireless
11 74 (1.62%) SAN
12 69 (1.51%) VoIP
13 62 (1.36%) HTTP
14 58 (1.27%) SSL
15 52 (1.14%) Cisco IOS
15 52 (1.14%) Remote Desktop
16 47 (1.03%) Network Security
17 45 (0.99%) Intranet
18 40 (0.88%) NetScaler
19 38 (0.83%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 982 (21.50%) SQL Server
2 443 (9.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 345 (7.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 278 (6.09%) Data Warehouse
5 241 (5.28%) Power BI
6 230 (5.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 104 (2.28%) Data Lake
8 100 (2.19%) Relational Database
9 95 (2.08%) Big Data
10 86 (1.88%) SQL Server 2008
11 85 (1.86%) SQL Server 2012
12 83 (1.82%) Azure SQL Database
13 80 (1.75%) NoSQL
14 73 (1.60%) MySQL
15 67 (1.47%) SQL Server 2014
16 66 (1.45%) Hadoop
17 62 (1.36%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 58 (1.27%) MongoDB
19 55 (1.20%) SQL Server 2016
20 41 (0.90%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 271 (5.93%) Git (software)
2 211 (4.62%) JIRA
3 175 (3.83%) Visual Studio
4 153 (3.35%) Team Foundation Server
5 152 (3.33%) Visual Studio Team System
6 142 (3.11%) Jenkins
7 121 (2.65%) TeamCity
8 72 (1.58%) Selenium
9 65 (1.42%) Subversion
10 49 (1.07%) Octopus Deploy
11 46 (1.01%) NUnit
12 45 (0.99%) Maven
13 43 (0.94%) MSI
14 39 (0.85%) CruiseControl
14 39 (0.85%) SpecFlow
15 33 (0.72%) Artifactory
16 29 (0.63%) Bitbucket
16 29 (0.63%) MSBuild
17 28 (0.61%) Moq
18 27 (0.59%) WebDriver
General
1 1,264 (27.68%) Finance
2 502 (10.99%) Banking
3 192 (4.20%) Retail
4 125 (2.74%) Legal
5 112 (2.45%) Law
6 110 (2.41%) Front Office
7 109 (2.39%) Marketing
8 96 (2.10%) Investment Banking
9 88 (1.93%) Telecoms
10 82 (1.80%) Advertising
11 65 (1.42%) Financial Institution
12 60 (1.31%) Back Office
13 59 (1.29%) Publishing
14 40 (0.88%) Pharmaceutical
15 32 (0.70%) Manufacturing
16 25 (0.55%) Spanish Language
17 23 (0.50%) French Language
18 17 (0.37%) Games
19 15 (0.33%) Electronics
20 14 (0.31%) German Language
Job Titles
1 1,024 (22.42%) Developer
2 754 (16.51%) Analyst
3 440 (9.63%) Architect
4 351 (7.69%) C# Developer
5 338 (7.40%) .NET Developer
6 277 (6.07%) Consultant
7 224 (4.90%) Support Engineer
8 210 (4.60%) Support Analyst
9 192 (4.20%) C# .NET Developer
10 175 (3.83%) Desktop Support
11 172 (3.77%) Project Manager
12 171 (3.74%) Service Analyst
13 159 (3.48%) SQL Developer
14 156 (3.42%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 148 (3.24%) 2nd Line Support
15 148 (3.24%) Solutions Architect
16 146 (3.20%) Service Desk Analyst
17 145 (3.17%) Business Analyst
18 138 (3.02%) IT Support
19 125 (2.74%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 860 (18.83%) .NET
2 347 (7.60%) ASP.NET
3 217 (4.75%) ASP.NET MVC
4 215 (4.71%) AngularJS
5 212 (4.64%) WCF
6 203 (4.44%) HTML
7 199 (4.36%) ASP.NET Web API
8 193 (4.23%) Web Services
9 170 (3.72%) .NET Framework
10 162 (3.55%) CSS
11 132 (2.89%) REST
11 132 (2.89%) XML
12 113 (2.47%) React
13 105 (2.30%) HTML5
14 100 (2.19%) JSON
15 94 (2.06%) WPF
16 88 (1.93%) SAML
17 86 (1.88%) Node.js
18 81 (1.77%) jQuery
19 80 (1.75%) Kendo UI
Miscellaneous
1 375 (8.21%) Analytical Skills
2 150 (3.28%) Self-Motivation
3 144 (3.15%) Greenfield Project
4 140 (3.07%) Data Centre
5 139 (3.04%) Computer Science
6 137 (3.00%) Management Information System
7 127 (2.78%) User Experience
8 87 (1.90%) Blackberry
9 76 (1.66%) Fixed Income
10 72 (1.58%) Fintech
11 66 (1.45%) PKI
11 66 (1.45%) Video Conferencing
12 65 (1.42%) Mobile App
13 60 (1.31%) Public Cloud
14 59 (1.29%) Clustering
15 52 (1.14%) iPhone
16 50 (1.09%) Replication
17 49 (1.07%) Private Cloud
17 49 (1.07%) Virtual Team
18 40 (0.88%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 1,501 (32.87%) Windows
2 543 (11.89%) Windows 10
3 468 (10.25%) Windows Server
4 456 (9.98%) Windows 7
5 342 (7.49%) Linux
6 240 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
7 205 (4.49%) Windows Server 2008
8 128 (2.80%) Android
9 126 (2.76%) Apple iOS
10 104 (2.28%) Mac OS X
11 83 (1.82%) Windows 8
12 81 (1.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 76 (1.66%) Unix
14 59 (1.29%) Mac OS
15 52 (1.14%) Windows Server 2003
16 38 (0.83%) Windows XP
17 37 (0.81%) CentOS
18 31 (0.68%) Ubuntu
19 19 (0.42%) Debian
20 18 (0.39%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 935 (20.47%) Agile Software Development
2 519 (11.36%) ITIL
3 502 (10.99%) Problem-Solving
4 486 (10.64%) Migration
5 482 (10.55%) Business Intelligence
6 346 (7.58%) DevOps
7 338 (7.40%) Project Management
8 329 (7.20%) Analytics
9 315 (6.90%) MVC
10 285 (6.24%) Scrum
11 274 (6.00%) TDD
12 272 (5.96%) CRM
13 230 (5.04%) Stakeholder Management
14 220 (4.82%) ETL
15 191 (4.18%) Continuous Integration
16 186 (4.07%) Change Management
17 177 (3.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 161 (3.53%) Test Automation
19 157 (3.44%) BDD
20 155 (3.39%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 1,090 (23.87%) SQL
2 791 (17.32%) C#
3 531 (11.63%) PowerShell
4 353 (7.73%) JavaScript
5 243 (5.32%) T-SQL
6 222 (4.86%) Python
7 215 (4.71%) Java
8 70 (1.53%) VBA
9 66 (1.45%) Bash Shell
10 61 (1.34%) C
11 58 (1.27%) VB
12 56 (1.23%) VBScript
13 53 (1.16%) R
14 52 (1.14%) Go
15 50 (1.09%) Ruby
16 48 (1.05%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
17 47 (1.03%) C++
18 46 (1.01%) Perl
19 41 (0.90%) TypeScript
20 27 (0.59%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 313 (6.85%) Degree
2 249 (5.45%) Microsoft Certification
3 211 (4.62%) Security Cleared
4 163 (3.57%) SC Cleared
5 112 (2.45%) MCSE
6 77 (1.69%) Cisco Certification
7 69 (1.51%) ITIL Certification
8 56 (1.23%) MCSA
9 55 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
10 54 (1.18%) MCP
11 51 (1.12%) CCNA
12 37 (0.81%) PMI Certification
13 36 (0.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 35 (0.77%) DV Cleared
15 33 (0.72%) CCNP
15 33 (0.72%) MCITP
16 30 (0.66%) CISSP
16 30 (0.66%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 26 (0.57%) PMP
17 26 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 145 (3.17%) SLA
2 122 (2.67%) QA
3 93 (2.04%) PMO
4 55 (1.20%) GDPR
5 48 (1.05%) Data Quality
6 45 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 21 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 19 (0.42%) PCI DSS
9 16 (0.35%) MiFID
10 11 (0.24%) HIPAA
10 11 (0.24%) PSD2
11 10 (0.22%) Actionable Recommendations
12 9 (0.20%) COBIT
12 9 (0.20%) FedRAMP
13 5 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 4 (0.088%) Government Security Classifications
14 4 (0.088%) PMBOK
15 3 (0.066%) HL7
15 3 (0.066%) ISO/IEC 19770
16 2 (0.044%) WCAG
System Software
1 1,031 (22.57%) Active Directory
2 351 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 150 (3.28%) Hyper-V
4 124 (2.72%) Microsoft App-V
5 123 (2.69%) Docker
6 107 (2.34%) XenApp
7 94 (2.06%) VMware ESXi
8 91 (1.99%) vSphere
9 85 (1.86%) XenDesktop
10 53 (1.16%) Virtual Desktop
11 41 (0.90%) Virtual Machines
12 37 (0.81%) BitLocker
13 29 (0.63%) VMware Workstation
14 20 (0.44%) VirtualBox
15 14 (0.31%) DFS Replication
15 14 (0.31%) VMware Server
15 14 (0.31%) XenServer
16 12 (0.26%) KVM
16 12 (0.26%) OpenAM
16 12 (0.26%) Xen
Systems Management
1 404 (8.85%) SCCM
2 109 (2.39%) Microsoft Intune
3 100 (2.19%) Ansible
4 96 (2.10%) Puppet
5 88 (1.93%) SCOM
6 87 (1.90%) Opscode Chef
7 83 (1.82%) Kubernetes
8 81 (1.77%) Single Sign-On
9 74 (1.62%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 71 (1.55%) Terraform
11 49 (1.07%) AirWatch
12 48 (1.05%) WSUS
13 43 (0.94%) Microsoft Clustering
14 34 (0.74%) McAfee ePO
15 31 (0.68%) CA Single Sign-On
15 31 (0.68%) vCenter Server
16 27 (0.59%) Nagios
17 24 (0.53%) SCOrch
18 23 (0.50%) XenMobile
19 22 (0.48%) logstash
Vendors
1 512 (11.21%) VMware
2 322 (7.05%) Citrix
3 255 (5.58%) Cisco
4 231 (5.06%) Oracle
5 184 (4.03%) Apple
6 164 (3.59%) SAP
7 126 (2.76%) Ivanti
8 120 (2.63%) HP
9 112 (2.45%) ServiceNow
10 110 (2.41%) Google
11 103 (2.26%) IBM
12 85 (1.86%) Tableau
13 80 (1.75%) Red Hat
14 71 (1.55%) McAfee
15 70 (1.53%) Adobe
16 63 (1.38%) Salesforce.com
17 54 (1.18%) Splunk
18 52 (1.14%) NetApp
19 51 (1.12%) CheckPoint
20 49 (1.07%) Symantec